December 12, 2012 by tonetribune
For those of you who have been waiting for a compact, yet authentic sounding univibe that emits a purple haze of smokey swirl, do yourself a favor and grab the ultimate tribute to the master of modulation while you can.
The univibe was one of the earliest outboard modulation effects and was originally developed in the 60’s by Shin-ei. The idea was to use lightbulbs and photocells to emulate the effect of a rotating speaker for electric organs. The result was similar, but like the pulsing light bulb at the heart of the effect, the sound the Univibe created was alive and organic. It wasn’t long before Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower immortalized the ghostly, incandescent throbbing of the big black box on Band of Gypsys and Bridge of Sighs, sending subsequent generations of guitar slingers chasing smoke on the hunt for rare originals.
Dunlop is no stranger to this classic effect and were the first to officially reissue a modern, reliable version back in the 90’s. Their excellent Rotovibe rendition cleverly rehoused the univibe into a wah treadle allowing an even further level of interaction as explored by modern psychedelic kings Dead Meadow. This latest incarnation is the smallest, most attractive enclosure to date and features artwork from the iconic John Van Hamersveld, who etched his imagery into 60’s culture with his feverous Endless Summer movie poster and flyers for Cream, Hendrix and Dylan.
This is the most user-friendly and best sounding Univibe I have had the pleasure of playing through (including expensive boutique attempts) and what better way to celebrate Hendrix’s 70th than to grab one of these Limited edition stompers before Christmas.
MXR/Dunlop never disappoint and this one is tuned perfectly for those thick, chewy slabs of hot psychedelia. Listen to the link below as I take you for a ride of sine-wave synergy.